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Agenda as of 7/20/2015 - subject to change.

Day One: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome, Chris Luecke, Dean, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:35 to 8:40 a.m. Conference Overview, Darren McAvoy, Extension Associate, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:40 to 9:20 a.m. Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands in the Intermountain West: Fire Ecology, Resilience, and Resistance Across Heterogeneous Landscapes, Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus of Range and Fire Ecology, Department of Range Ecology and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
9:20 to 10:00 a.m. Are Recent Large and Severe Fires Really Extraordinary? How Long-term Records of Fire Can Inform Fire Ecology and Management in the Western US., Jen Pierce, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
10:00 to 10:30 a.m Break
10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Prioritizing and Implementing Treatments to Address Wildfires and Invasive Annual Grasses in Sage-Grouse Habitat, Mike Pellant, Senior Ecologist, National Office, Bureau of Land Management, Boise, ID
11:00 to 11:30 a.m Fire and Collaboration on the Fishlake National Forest, Jason Kling, Richfield District Ranger, Fishlake National Forest, Richfield, Utah
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 The Monroe Mountain Working Group: Benefits and Challenges of Collaboration, Bill Hopkin, Grazing Specialist, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Salt Lake City, Utah
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Poster Session and Lunch
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. The Role of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments in Restoring Sagebrush Habitat in Utah's West Desert, Brad Jessop, Range Ecologist, West Desert District, Bureau of Land Management, West Valley City, Utah LM, practicing fire use in PJ in the West Desert
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Tracking Post-Wildfire States and Transitions in the Sagebrush-Steppe, G. Matt Davies, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. The Watershed Restoration Initiative and Fire, Alan Clark, Watershed Program Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Salt Lake City, Utah
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Understanding the effects of the Twitchell Canyon wildfire on stream geomorphology and fish habitat, Patrick Belmont, Assistant Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences, USU, Logan, Utah
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Designing a regional network of fuel breaks to protect Greater Sage-Grouse habitat: An experimental approach using Circuitscape, Nathan Welch, GIS Analyst, The Nature Conservancy Boise Office, Boise, Idaho
4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Monitoring the Impact of Climate Change on Fire Frequency and Severity in Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Sky Island Ecosystems, Mike Jenkins, Associate Professor, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception at Cafe Sabor at 600 West Center St, Logan, UT

Day Two: Thursday October 29, 2015

8:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome, Mark Brunson, Professor, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:35 to 9:15 a.m. Restoring whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) ecosystems of the west in the face of climate change, Robert E. Keane, Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, Montana
9:15 to 9:55 a.m. Tree-Ring Reconstructions of Fire and Forest Histories: Providing the "What" and "Why" for Forest Restoration, Peter M. Brown, Director, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research, Fort Collins, Colorado
9:55 to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Of Fire, Sage Grouse, and Our Federal Lands, John Freemuth, School of Public Service, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Past and Future Wildfire in the Interior West as Predicted by the Calibrated Combustion Dynamics of Ecosystems, Richard Guyette, Associate Research Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri
11:15 to 12:00 Up and Coming Research From Graduate Student Scientists

- Bringing back the trout: metapopulation viability of Bonneville cutthroat trout in a fire-impacted watershed, Colton Finch, PhD Candidate, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

- Post-fire Grazing Management of Sagebrush Steppe Plant Communities in the Great Basin, Jeffrey Gicklhorn, Research Assistant, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada

- Unraveling Fire and Herbivore Interactions to Manage Tree Cover in an African Savanna, Eric LaMalfa, PhD Candidate, Wildland Resources Department, Utah State University
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Public and agency perceptions of smoke from wild and prescribed fire, Christine Olsen, Research Associate and Instructor, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. The Role of Prescribed Fire Councils in Restoring the West, J. Morgan Varner, Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Grazing and Fire in Utah, Troy Forrest UDAF-Grazing Improvement Program Program Manager - Northwest Region Coordinator Utah Grazing Improvement Program Director, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Salt Lake City, Utah
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Fire, rain, and post-fire restoration of sagebrush steppe in the Great Basin, David S. Pilliod, Supervisory Research Ecologist, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, US Geological Survey, Boise, Idaho
3:00 to 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Insights into fire severity and post-fire recovery from an integrated analysis of forest inventory data and long-term fire mapping datasets, Sara Goeking, Biological Scientist, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Inventory and Monitoring Program
3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Quaking Aspen: a burning desire in an 'asbestos forest', Paul Rogers, Director, Western Aspen Alliance, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
4:15 p.m. Adjourn
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